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Forum topic by KenBry posted 05-02-2012 03:55 AM 1929 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-02-2012 03:55 AM

I am in hte market for a cross cut hand saw. I need one to make deep straight cuts. I want one that will hold it’s sharpend teeth for a fair amount of cutting.

I prefer a saw without a back bar as I want to make my cuts deeper than the saw is tall.

I have a Disston D-23 from the 19 50’s that’s in great shape but it’s really to rough a cut for my requirement. I know the finer the teeth the longer it will take to make the cut. The theroy is I will need less effort to clean up things after the cut. Am I on base with this guess?

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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#1 posted 05-02-2012 05:23 AM

Bow saw maybe. No depth limit and the saw is in tension at
both ends, overcoming problems in backless single-ended saws.

Look at Japan saws too. There are backless dozukis available
and coarser-cutting backless crosscut saws as well. Look at
the Zeta saws if you want a very good value.

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#2 posted 05-02-2012 05:32 AM

Hey Ken,
If you are interested in a fine vintage saw, I have quite a few, and some likely in the 10 or 11 tpi range, which should give you nice clean cuts you are looking for.
After 1928, saw quality drastically dropped with the rising popularity of power circular saws. The quality of the steel was far superior.
if you’re interested, I restore hand saws and can get you set up. I have taught myself to joint, shape, sharpen and set handsaws. PM me for more details if this sounds like something your looking for. Let me know too a bit more about the type of material and kind of cuts your doing. I’m thinking a smaller panel saw might be what you need, and not a back saw? I have a great Disston #7 that may suit you. But you let me know.

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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